Queensland Gasfields Commission chairman John Cotter says he wants input from the state's western communities into how to improve co-existence between the agricultural and gas industries.

Mr Cotter and other commission representatives will visit Longreach in the central west today and tomorrow, including an inspection of the first gas production pilot in the Galilee Basin.

There is no commercial gas production yet from the basin but several companies are exploring.

Mr Cotter says the central-west is a new frontier for coal seam gas (CSG).

"There's no production up there yet but there is a lot of interest," he said.

"There are a lot of tenements up there and absolutely we are very keen to see that all parties get it right from the start.

"The indications I've had from some of the proponents with tenements has been very positive.

"We want to hear the landowners' issues and concerns."

Leaders council

Mr Cotter says it will also be forming a new leaders council to liaise with the commission.

"The main aim is to get up there and see what impact and activities are in that area and also putting together a northern leaders council, which will be for all of the northern part of the state," he said.

"We want those people on board there to feed in the sort of information that we believe the commission should be well versed on."

He says he wants local initiatives to be developed, to improve co-existence between the rural and gas sectors.

"When these industries roll on, be whatever they are, there is a wider activity going on like the use of roads, the use of water and the way water is managed," he said.

"All of those issues are what we want to hear from the community out there.

"As the industry develops we want to make sure there is a good relationship built, there is a good understanding based on factual knowledge."

Reassurance sought

Longreach Mayor Joe Owens says he wants a reassurance from the commission that strict conditions will be applied to any CSG production established in the Galilee Basin.

Councillor Owens says safeguarding water supplies should be a priority.

"Being a new industry, people are always very sceptical of what's happening," he said.

"We just have to put trust in the companies themselves and in the strict controls the Government departments have put on them that everything is being done and there is no risk.

"Just to try and get that reassurance that everything that can possibly be done is being done to safeguard the artesian basin and landholder rights.

"I do have concerns that if something does go wrong it could harm the Great Artesian Basin.

"They tell us that everything is safe - you have to hope that everything is going according to plan."

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